San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree Could Miss 2013 Season With Torn Achilles Tendon

By Dan Parzych
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After falling just short of winning the Super Bowl last year against the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers have even higher expectations heading into the 2013 season as they hope numerous changes during the offseason will help them bounce back even stronger. Unfortunately, the 49ers dream of reaching the Super Bowl may be a little more difficult now after losing one of the their top wide receivers–Michael Crabtree.

The former first-round pick suffered a torn Achilles tendon during practice on Tuesday and all signs point to the wide receiver missing the entire 2013 season. Last year, Crabtree emerged as one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league after finishing the season with 85 catches for 1,105 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and San Francisco was expecting an even bigger season from him in 2013 as he’s seemed to get better in each of his first four seasons.

Now, it looks like the 49ers will need to figure out a new game plan for the passing game considering how serious this injury is for Crabtree. Over the years, the NFL has seen numerous players return from injury quicker than expected, but the Achilles tendon is an injury players need to be extra cautious about.

It’s one thing to lose one of your key players for the season, but to lose a player like Crabtree is a huge loss for San Francisco that will certainly have an impact on their Super Bowl run during the 2013 season.

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